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Question of the Month

Article | Jul 16, 2014

National Work Program database for flying groups, including clubs.

Registration opens for AOPA Homecoming Fly-In

Article | Jul 10, 2014

Registration is now open for the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In Oct. 4, so sign up now for your free lunch and a day of educational seminars, meeting with fellow pilots, and more at AOPA’s home base.

Flight Challenge: 'Still anybody's game'

Article | Jun 25, 2014

It’s getting down to the wire for pilots and would-be aviators to pit their skills against the competition in the Flying Challenge Cup.

Learn, compete in Redbird's simulator challenge

Article | May 16, 2014

It’s not too late to sign up for Redbird Flight Simulations’ Flying Challenge Cup.

Pilots invited to help with humanitarian project in Bahamas

Article | Feb 05, 2014

Bahamas Habitat is gathering pilots to fly to the islands Feb. 20 through 23 to work with Bahamas Methodist Habitat on projects ranging from putting up drywall in a medical center to painting the Zion Children’s Home.

Turbocharged Tecnam offers smooth power

Article | Jan 21, 2014

The Tecnam P2008TC turbocharged light sport aircraft offers plenty of power, but it is the smoothest Rotax engine you'll ever fly.

News and notes: Lower taxes equal more jobs

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2013

The evidence is clear: Lower taxes on general aviation really do create jobs, as business and political leaders in Indiana are finding out.

Barrow honored for work on Capitol Hill

Article | Oct 10, 2013

AOPA honored Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) Oct. 10 with the Joseph B. Hartranft Jr. Award—one of the association’s two highest honors—for his unparalleled work on behalf of general aviation in the House of Representatives.

AOPA AV8RS at Summit 2013

Article | Oct 03, 2013

AOPA and Youth Aviation Adventure (YAA) are sponsoring a free three-hour hands-on discovery program for teens ages 13-18 at Airportfest at Meacham International Airport on October 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Summit Pilots, Planes, and Pancakes breakfast sells out

Article | Sep 17, 2013

The Pilots, Planes, and Pancakes breakfast and town hall at next month’s AOPA Aviation Summit has sold out.

The R in AROW

Article | Aug 26, 2013

Because aircraft registration certificates now expire three years after issuance, pilots' pre-flight inspection procedures should change to ensure compliance with the law on each and every flight.

Embry-Riddle Worldwide hosts online human factors course

Article | Jul 22, 2013

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide has opened registration on an online aviation human factors course that is free and open to the public.

Tips for selling an aircraft

Article | Jun 04, 2013

Aircraft sellers can benefit from tips and AOPA resources to ensure the process goes smoothly.

Registration opens for AOPA Aviation Summit

Article | May 30, 2013

Grab your cowboy boots and hat and get ready for some of that big Texas hospitality--AOPA Aviation Summit is coming to Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 10 through 12. Registration is open, so you can take advantage of special pricing discounts.

Calling all teachers to EAA AirVenture on July 30

Article | Apr 29, 2013

Teachers are invited to attend a special day at EAA AirVenture on July 30, when Build A Plane and other organizations will show them how to incorporate aviation into their curricula.

PilotPool.com opens a job source for applicants

Article | Feb 26, 2013

PilotPool.com, ATP Flight School's pilot recruitment tool, is now available for all pilots.

Idaho bills would restructure aviation fees to boost revenue

Advocacy | Feb 14, 2013

AOPA is analyzing the impact of a proposed aviation fee restructuring in Idaho that would raise rates for pilots to increase revenue for the state’s Aeronautics Division by an estimated $153,500.

Rep. Pompeo: GA too important to be misunderstood

Advocacy | Jan 25, 2013

A congressman from Kansas who believes that general aviation is too important an economic engine to be misunderstood by policymakers has launched an education campaign to correct common misconceptions.

Heard at Summit

Article | Oct 15, 2012

Find out what people had to say at AOPA Aviation Summit in this highlight of some of the notable quotes heard during the show.

AOPA honors Sen. John Thune with Hartranft award

Advocacy | Oct 12, 2012

South Dakota Sen. John Thune, ranking Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee's aviation subcommittee, was tapped as the 2012 recipient of AOPA's Joseph B. "Doc" Hartranft Jr. Award Oct. 12 for his tireless work on behalf of general aviation in Congress.

Is your aircraft transmitting outdated data?

Advocacy | Sep 28, 2012

The FAA is observing several instances of incorrect registration data loaded onto Mode S transponder units; and statistics indicate a potential increase in lapsed aircraft registrations.

Summit advance registration extended to Oct. 1

Article | Sep 19, 2012

The early registration discount for AOPA Aviation Summit Oct. 11 through 13 has been extended to Oct. 1.

Cessna leading LSA registration race

Article | Sep 06, 2012

If you look at total aircraft registered, as seen on bydanjohnson.com, then Flight Design still leads the light sport aircraft market based on the 347 aircraft it has sold, with Cessna Aircraft Co. coming in second with 253 sold. But if you look at who is registering LSA aircraft the fastest, then Cessna wins with 71 registered in the first six months of 2012.

ARROW: Checking your registration more important than ever

Article | Aug 13, 2012

Is your registration certificate still valid? Checking an aircraft registration certificate is not as simple as it used to be.

Re-registration opens for aircraft with October certificates

Article | Jul 10, 2012

Owners of aircraft registered prior to Oct. 1, 2010 should check the mail for an FAA notice of required re-registration. Aircraft registered in September of any year must register by July 31, and processing delays could ground aircraft after Sept. 30 until a new registration arrives by mail. The FAA urges owners to check the schedule and allow sufficient time for processing.

Event at 'hidden gem' takes 258 passengers aloft

Article | Jun 05, 2012

Near-perfect weather and an enthusiastic crowd were an ideal recipe for Learn to Fly Day at the Frederick (Md.) Municipal Airport on June 2. The event, sponsored by AOPA and the airport, drew an estimated 600 people throughout the day; volunteer pilots flew 258 passengers.

FAA revises flight-data blocking rules

Advocacy | May 14, 2012

After a mandate from Congress last year, the FAA had to reverse a policy of publicly disseminating private aircraft flight data; now it is going a step further by publishing new procedures that would give owners and operators broader control over their flight information's disclosure. The agency will accept comments on its notice of proposed process until June 8.

Re-registration open for aircraft with Sept. certificates

Advocacy | May 10, 2012

The FAA requires all aircraft registered prior to Oct. 1, 2010, to re-register, and online applications from owners of aircraft registered in September of any year are being accepted through July 31.

Strong start for GA in Transportation appropriations bill

Advocacy | Apr 26, 2012

Support for key general aviation initiatives was evident in the $15.9 billion provided for the FAA as part of the Department of Transportation funding bill for fiscal 2013 that was passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee last week.

American Bonanza Society to hold convention during Summit

Article | Apr 18, 2012

AOPA and the American Bonanza Society have partnered to hold each group's annual convention together with the common goal to create more value for attendees by offering relevant content.

AOPA Aviation Summit Registration now open

Article | Apr 18, 2012

From the return of the highly anticipated Parade of Planes, a Palm Springs exclusive, to resort parties and outdoor adventures, AOPA Aviation Summit in sunny Palm Springs, Calif., offers an experience like no other. New learning opportunities offer more than 100 hours of engaging education that uses hands-on demonstrations and practice activities to help you retain and recall the information when you need it most.

Alaska borough repeals aircraft tax

Advocacy | Mar 14, 2012

Aircraft owners in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough of Alaska will save $75 to $125 a year on registration fees now that the Borough Assembly has voted to repeal a registration tax.

Borough to vote on aircraft registration tax repeal

Advocacy | Feb 29, 2012

Acting on a recommendation from its aviation advisory board, the Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska, Borough Assembly plans to vote March 6 to eliminate its aircraft registration tax.

Waypoints

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2011

Since the economic collapse of 2008, business aviation has been a lightning rod of controversy. Thoughtless auto executives who individually flew their corporate jets to Washington, D.C., to ask for corporate handouts turned tail and sulked home rather than stand and defend the role business aviation plays in the success of a company.

GA groups steadfast in fight for pilots’ privacy rights

Advocacy | Jul 01, 2011

In a full-court press against a Department of Transportation plan that would threaten pilots' privacy rights by dismantling the Block Aircraft Registration Request program, the National Business Aviation Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, and AOPA filed a petition July 1, asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit "to prevent the order from taking effect before it has ruled on the appeal."

FAA’s flight-tracking plan puts security, privacy at risk

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2011

AOPA is urging the FAA to reconsider plans to curtail pilots' use of a program that shields information about their flights from public view.

House passes FAA reauthorization bill

Advocacy | Apr 01, 2011

The House voted 223-196 to approve a bill that would reauthorize the FAA's operations and programs for four years, at an overall funding level of $59.7 billion.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Sep 01, 2010

Here is a new wide-ranging FAA rule that will significantly affect all United States “N”-registered civil aircraft—essentially all of general aviation in this country. It becomes effective next month, on October 1, 2010.

Fly-Outs: July

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2010

It's July and summer is in full swing. What a great time to celebrate your freedom to fly.

Aircraft re-registration requirement on horizon

Advocacy | Jul 01, 2010

A rule requiring aircraft re-registration is awaiting FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt's signature and could go into effect this fall. Currently, there is a one-time aircraft registration with a $5 fee; the new rule would require that aircraft be re-registered every three years, and the fee for that is yet unknown.

Pilot Counsel:

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, writing in 1928, gave us this farsighted warning: “Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2010

Flying over woods, mountains, lakes, or plains? You’ll want this gear. Unfortunately things can and do go wrong in airplanes.

Answers for Pilots: Flying to Canada

Article | Jun 01, 2009

As the weather gets warm, many pilots, like birds, get the urge to fly North. From May through September, AOPA answers phone and email inquiries from pilots asking what is needed to fly across the border into Canada.

Answers for Pilots: Bahamas calling

Article | Feb 01, 2009

So, you’ve had enough of winter weather and thoughts of flying to the Bahamas have spurred you to make plans for a balmy vacation. You know the basic requirements—passports for all, and for you, a pilot certificate, medical certificate, and restricted radiotelephone operators permit.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Apr 01, 2007

Help might be on the way Just like a list of emergency phone numbers that we keep handy, but hope to never use, the emergency locator transmitter (ELT) in the fuselage of the airplane provides a measure of safety with the assurance that it could bring help if we have an accident. The first two generations of ELTs, which are currently installed in many general aviation aircraft, are designed to transmit a distress signal on the 121.5-MHz frequency.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | May 01, 2006

John S. Yodice, legal counsel for AOPA and IAOPA, owns and flies a Cessna 310.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2006

John S. Yodice is AOPA's legal counsel.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2006

Finding information on special-use airspace Between airspace that allows access all the time, some that allows it only part time, and that which is simply defined on a chart for reference, it's no wonder pilots have difficulty navigating the special-use airspace in the National Airspace System. Special-use airspace, or SUA, is generally defined as an area where activities must be confined because of their nature or to separate nonparticipating traffic from the area.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Jan 01, 2006

John S. Yodice holds a commercial pilot certificate and CFI ratings and is the owner of a Cessna 310.

Guide to Member Services

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2005

Your last chance! December is the last month to join or renew your membership in general aviation's largest membership organization and to be automatically entered in the 2005 AOPA Commander Countdown Sweepstakes. One lucky pilot will win the completely refurbished Rockwell Commander 112A.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2005

Creativity is the key Regular readers of AOPA Pilot are well aware that saving airports is the number-one priority of AOPA and its members. With airports often under duress, many members turn to AOPA for assistance in dealing with the community and airport management.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 2005

AOPA legal counsel John S. Yodice owns and flies a Cessna 310.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Feb 01, 2005

Dealing with airport security Airport security has become a major issue in the aviation industry, as any air traveler will tell you. But security now extends far beyond the excruciating lines in the terminal building to certain considerations for the general aviation airport user.

Test Pilot

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2004

GENERAL From reader Mark Barchenko: Why do some pilots intentionally weaken structural components of their airplanes before takeoff? Brazil has a rich aviation history. Who is Brazil's most famous aviation pioneer? (He is regarded by his countrymen as the "Father of Aviation.") What is the origin of the term air pocket? From reader Hal Fishman: A pilot flying an airplane with a fuel-injected engine shuts down after a long flight for a short ground stop.

Answers for Pilots

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2003

Online is the answer Steeling yourself to come face to face with the FAA's aircraft registration or bill of sale forms? Or resigned to muddling over which boxes to check on your medical form while you wait in the aviation medical examiner's office? Then it's time to visit AOPA Online, where the Aviation Services department has designed several interactive forms to guide members through the process — one that can approach the complexity of completing an income tax return. "This breaks each of these forms into smaller chunks, or sections.

Member Guide

Pilot Magazine | Aug 01, 2003

CATS offers discount to AOPA members Computer Assisted Testing Service (CATS) is the official testing company of AOPA. CATS offers FAA examinations at more than 400 locations worldwide.

Guidelines for admission to Mexico

Article | Oct 11, 2002

DIRECTION GENERAL OF CIVIL AERONAUTICS. DIRECTION OF TRANSPORT AND AERONAUTICAL CONTROL.

Pilot Products

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 2001

AOPA Flight Explorer Personal Edition AOPA's new Certified Service, flight tracking from Flight Explorer, tells you a lot more than just when your pilot friends will arrive in a personal aircraft (they must be on an IFR flight plan or use flight-following services). It can also tell you when to expect peak IFR traffic at your next destination.

Pilot Counsel

Pilot Magazine | Nov 01, 1999

Buying an aircraft, whether it is new or used, is a big event in anyone's life. For many of us, it will be the biggest single purchase we will make, next to buying a home.

Pilotage

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 1997

Thank goodness Bill Gates, zillionaire owner of Microsoft, is frugal. Gates is said to fly the airlines on business trips.

Buying In

Pilot Magazine | Mar 01, 1996

Efforts up front can save grief later You wouldn't purchase a home without a walk-through — or even a melon without a squeeze — and you should not buy an airplane without a prepurchase inspection. Few steps in the buying process can save you from emotional and economic grief as can a well- organized prepurchase inspection.

Buying In

Article | Mar 01, 1996

Why you should retire to Delaware Except for pilots living in a very few states, we're all familiar with paying a sales tax on items purchased at a store. Fewer pilots realize, however, that all but five states have sales taxes on the purchase of an aircraft, as well.